Climber Isaac Caldiero Wins American Ninja Warrior

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9/15/15 - Climber Isaac Caldiero has become the first official winner of American Ninja Warrior after thousands of competitors, many of them climbers, participated over the course of seven seasons.

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The season finale, which aired Monday night, took place in Las Vegas, and hundreds of past competitors cheered him on as Caldiero, 33, scaled the final obstacle: a 75-foot rope climb up Mt. Midoriyama in less than 27 seconds. Geoff Britten, a cameraman from Maryland, actually finished the fourth stage first—a stage that no one else had completed—but Caldiero's faster time, shaving 3.6 seconds off Britten's time, meant he was crowned the ultimate winner and took home the $1 million grand prize.

About 3,500 athletes have competed in the game show, which is based off the Japanese series "Sasuke," and the competitor list includes climbers like Meagan Martin, Ian Dory, and Noah Kaufman. This season, 28 contestants finished stage one, eight finished stage two, and only two contestants, Caldiero and Britten, completed stage three.

When asked what he would do with the money, Caldiero, who lives in Las Vegas, said, "I've never been to Disneyland."

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